Salt Shaker Noise Maker

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After an evening out at a kids’ music concert, Travis began the next day making believe he was a drummer in the band – at 6.30 in the morning. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with a sleeping daddy… and likely the neighbors as well!

The solution? Throw together an instrument for your child that is (slightly) quiet! I was lucky enough to have an empty salt shaker on hand, and some dried rice as well. If you don’t have dried rice, dried beans or even unpopped popcorn kernels would work well.

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Travis enjoyed the challenge of fitting the rice into the salt shaker, little by little. Once we decided it made just the right shake-a-shake-a-shake-a sound, I taped down the spout of the container to prevent spillage.

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Travis gave it a few shakes without waiting for any decoration at all!

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For a simple decoration, cover with colored construction paper and then adorn with markers or glitter paint.

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For something a little more elegant, we tried one covered in scrapbook paper and ribbon.

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This is a great instrument for all – fun for the kids, and sanity-saving for the adults!

 

Rainy Day Window Painting

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If you’re having a gray and rainy Labor Day weekend like we are, turn any frowns upside down with the slightly-taboo feel of this project… indoor painting on the windows!

Grown-ups, don’t cringe; I promise the paint is going to wash off your windows really easily. The secret? Dish soap!

In the cubes of an ice cube tray, mix equal parts dish detergent and washable paint for each color. Provide your child with q-tips as the paint brushes.

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Travis couldn’t believe I was letting him use the window as his canvas. He jumped right in drawing “clouds” and squiggles.

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His expression here pretty much says it all!

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The beautiful, slightly shiny colors were the perfect antidote to the gray day outside our windows.

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Travis may or may not have discovered it was equally as fun to rub a paint-smeared q-tip over his bare legs. I may or may not have been feeling so lenient of this cozy Snday afternoon that I let him paint away and followed up with a bath…

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Ready for the best #momhack of all about this game? Clean-up is half the fun! After Travis was paint-free, I set him loose with a spritz bottle on the window.

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The glass was sparkly and shiny and paint-free in no time.

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